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B-Side blog tour: Part II

And that's a wrap! Thank you so much to all the lovely book bloggers who took part in the B-Side (Arielle Lockley series book 2.5) blog tour, and also to everyone who bought the book, reviewed it, shared it, tweeted about it etc. I appreciate it so much. Roll on August and the Found tour! But, before that, I need to tell you what happened in the second half of the B-Side tour.

The second half of the tour kicked off with a review from A Spoonful of Happy Endings:

The next day, I shared Etta's favourite music tracks, as well as my own, on Rachel's Random Reads. That was so tricky, and I think I've already changed my mind and want to pick different tracks for me! The tour then went to Zili in the Sky for another review stop:

Laura's Little Book Blog hosted a guest post on how the book came about, whilst there was a great review from Curious Ginger Cat:

The following day there was a dazzling 5* review from Bookish Bits, which really made my day!

The tour then went to ajbookreviewclub's blog for a review stop, which was another 5* review, followed by a guest post at Comet Babe's Books. Finally, the B-Side book tour ended with a 4* review from Sky's Book Corner:

What a great tour! It seems the tour was split on their feelings towards Etta, but everyone who reviewed the book seemed to enjoy the story, overall, and they all can't wait for Found!

Once again, a big thank you all the book bloggers that took part, and well done to the winners of the giveaway. If you need to catch up with what happened on the first half of the tour, head here. x

B-Side blog tour: Part I

The B-Side blog tour is nearly over - where has the time gone?! - so I wanted to share the first half of the tour and where it stopped, in case you missed any of them. The tour runs until May 31st, and you have until then to enter the giveaway, which includes Amazon vouchers, books and a vinyl-related prize. You can enter either at the bottom of this post or here.

The tour began with an excerpt over at Jera's Jamboree, and a 5* review from Dot Scribbles, which made for an excellent start:

I answered a Q&A over at Chick Lit Uncovered the following day, whilst over on Blabbering About Books, it was another 5* review for B-Side. Two in a row - amazing!

On day three of the tour, This Chick Reads hosted a guest post about writing the Arielle Lockley series, and will there be another book(!), whilst over on onmybookshelf - I Heart Chick Lit it was a review stop:

B-Side went Down Under with an interview stop at Connect with Chick Lit Club, whilst closer to home there was another 5* review - this time from Ali - The Dragon Slayer:

Finally, on day four, The Writing Garnet hosted a guest post for me, in which I talked about my music memories. Make sure you have a read! 

I hope you've all enjoyed the tour, so far, and if you want to order B-Side for your Kindle, it's 99p for the rest of the month. You can also get it for £4.99 in paperback. (It's available worldwide in Kindle format on your local Amazon website, and is in paperback in the US and Europe.)

Good luck if you enter the giveaway! x

Writer Wednesday: Katy Colins

Katy Colins completed her first novel ‘A Dogs Tale’ at the age of 11 which received rave reviews … from her Grandad and English teacher. This was just the encouragement she needed to carry on writing. 

As a qualified journalist with articles published in Company Magazine and The Daily Star, Katy Colins crossed sides to work in Public Relations before selling all she owned to backpack solo around South East Asia and finally put her thoughts into words, writing as she travelled. This experience inspired her début novel Destination Thailand, the first in the Lonely Hearts Travel Club series which is out now.

When she is not writing about romance, travel and adventure, she loves travelling, catching up with family and friends and convincing herself that her Mr Kipling cake addiction isn’t out of control – just yet.

1. Why did you want to become a writer? 
Once I discovered books, libraries and the feeling of being able to escape into other people’s worlds through words, I wanted to be a part of it. I remember my dad reading The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe to me when I was younger and feeling amazed that this had all come from one person’s imagination. I wanted to see if I could transport readers to places through my writing too!

2. What's the toughest part of the writing process for you?
Staring at a blank screen and thinking of the thousands of words I need to summon to fill the pages with! I’m like a kid on a bicycle with stabilisers on, once I’ve got going and had that first push I’m usually fine but the very first page of a brand new novel still fills me with anticipation at the exciting but slightly daunting task in hand.

3. What's the most enjoyable part of writing? 
Argh there are so many! I love seeing characters’ lives unfold on the page before me, I love typing the end - feeling both amazed and proud that I’ve managed to finish another novel, and I love hearing from readers who have read my work and enjoyed it. That feeling will never ever get old.

4. Out of all the amazing books out there, which book do you wish you had written and why?
I absolutely adored both Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey and The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer, because the protagonists were so unique and had such strong voices. They were the sort of books that stayed in your head for ages afterwards.

5. If you could only save one of your characters from fictional calamity, which would you pick and why?
My main female character, Georgia Green is pretty certain to end up in silly situations that she would need saving from, but then she is also pretty skilled at brushing herself off and carrying on so probably wouldn’t need my help!

6. If you could spend the day with your favourite literary character (not from your books), who would you spend it with and what would you do? 
It has to be Jessica Beam, from A Vintage Guide To Love And Romance by Kirsty Greenwood, I could see us both drinking pear cider in a beer garden somewhere. They’re not literary characters, but I would also love to hang out with both Cheryl Strayed and Elizabeth Gilbert as Eat, Pray, Love and Wild are two books that really struck a chord with me. I imagine us wandering down an exotic beach discussing creativity, break ups and books!

7. What can we expect next from you? 
On 2nd June, my second novel and the next book in the Lonely Hearts Travel Club series, Destination India comes out! I’m so excited to share the next step in Georgia’s travel journey as she jets off to the land of Bollywood and bhajis as she tries to put into practice all she’s learnt in Destination Thailand. I had so much fun writing this novel and reminiscing over the time I spent in India, so I hope readers will enjoy visiting this fascinating country without leaving their house!

8. Is there any particular writing advice you wish you'd been given at the start of your writing career? If so, what is it? If not, what advice would you give to someone starting out? 
The best advice I can give is to get your head down and get the story out. It’s no good spending months or even years thinking about it and creating the perfect plot in your head, if that’s the only place it stays!

9. Tell us what a typical writing day involves for you.
I wish I had a typical writing day but at the moment I don’t have any sort of routine! I am so lucky that I get to travel and share my adventures on my blog, but it does mean that I could be writing, editing or plotting my books anywhere in the world from my trusty netbook! My parents keep asking when I’m going to stay in one place long enough to properly unpack but the problem is my feet are just too itchy!

10. Finally, what are you reading at the moment? 
Once my edits are done for the third novel in my series, Destination Chile, out 22nd September, I will be getting stuck into my ever growing TBR pile. Top of my list is My Map of You by Isabelle Broom, How To (Find) Your First Husband by Rosie Blake and the Lonely Planet travel guide to New York – I’m desperate to get to the big apple before the end of the year, so a little inspiration can’t hurt, can it?

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What if you had a second chance… to find yourself? 

Instead of slipping on her something borrowed and tripping up the aisle to wedded bliss, Georgia spends her big day wondering where it all went wrong.

Forced to make a bucket list of her new life goals by best friend Marie, it’s not long before travel- virgin Georgia’s packing her bags for a long-haul trip to Thailand.

Yet, Georgia’s big adventure doesn’t seem to be going to plan. From strange sights, smells and falling for every rookie traveller scam in the book, Georgia has never felt more alone.

But the good thing about falling apart is that you can put yourself back together any way you please. And new Georgia might just be someone she can finally be proud of…

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Writer Wednesday: Darcie Boleyn

Darcie Boleyn has a huge heart and is a real softy. She never fails to cry at books and movies, whether the ending is happy or not. Darcie is in possession of an overactive imagination that often keeps her awake at night. Her childhood dream was to become a Jedi but she hasn’t yet found suitable transport to take her to a galaxy far, far away. She also has reservations about how she’d look in a gold bikini, as she rather enjoys red wine, cheese and loves anything with ginger or cherries in it – especially chocolate. Darcie fell in love in New York, got married in the snow, rescues uncoordinated greyhounds and can usually be found reading or typing away on her laptop.

1. Why did you want to become a writer?
I’ve always written, and as a child I used to enter short story and poetry competitions. This continued when I went to university but then, as life became busier, writing took a back seat. I nursed the dream to write for years when my children were young, and I tried to write a novel but spent far too much time procrastinating, which meant that it didn’t get finished. A few years ago, my husband encouraged me to really try again, and following a few false starts, I finally had that amazing acceptance email. Since then, I haven’t stopped!

2. What's the toughest part of the writing process for you?
The fact that I have a day job too. There are days when I long to just stay home and write but I can’t and this definitely slows me down.

3. What's the most enjoyable part of writing?
When the characters start developing. I begin with an outline and character profiles, but as I write, these take off in all directions and the characters tell me things about themselves. It’s very exciting.

4. Out of all the amazing books out there, which book do you wish you had written and why?
This is such a difficult question because I’m a voracious reader and I love the work of so many authors. Jane Eyre is a solid favourite though and a book I’ve read countless times.

5. If you could only save one of your characters from fictional calamity, which would you pick and why?
Annie Thomas from Something Old, Something New. She’s had a lot of good experiences but some very tough times too. All she wants is to do the best for her children and to grab some happiness along the way. She’s a character I identify with and would like as a friend.

6. If you could spend the day with your favourite literary character (not from your books), who would you spend it with and what would you do?
Ooh! Another difficult one. I think for the fun factor, it would have to be Bridget Jones. I can just imagine giggling with her and sharing tea and cake and perhaps a bottle of bubbly too.

7. What can we expect next from you?
My second novel Something Old, Something New was released on 16th May and I’m working on my third. It’s set in Cornwall and features a head teacher who runs away from her job and an ex-marine who has an interesting hobby. So far they’ve made a fiery combination!

8. Is there any particular writing advice you wish you'd been given at the start of your writing career? If so, what is it? If not, what advice would you give to someone starting out?
The advice I would give to someone starting out is never surrender your dreams. It is possible to do this. Read, write and read some more. Make lots of notes and try to put aside some time for writing every day. If you write regularly, before you know it, you’ll have a draft of a story. It will need editing and developing, but that’s part of the process that every author goes through. Not many authors get it right first time, so try not to be disheartened if you are rejected at first. Learn from every rejection and make your writing better. Rejection hurts but getting that first acceptance makes up for it! 

9. Tell us what a typical writing day involves for you.
I write whenever and wherever I can, although my most productive time seems to be early morning straight after breakfast. I make a cup of tea or coffee, read over my notes and the previous scene, visualize the scene I’m about to write, then off I go!

10. Finally, what are you reading at the moment?
I’m a big fan of women’s fiction and chick lit but I also love gritty thrillers. I’ve been reading a lot of thrillers because my wonderful husband often brings them home with the grocery shopping. (He’s an angel who feeds my reading addiction!) I’m currently reading The Poison Artist by Jonathan Moore. It’s good!

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Will you marry me…again?

When Annie Thomas agrees to give her ex away at his wedding to his boyfriend, she thinks she’ll be fine. With her three children at side, she can handle anything. Then she finds out her gorgeous first ex-husband Evan Llewellyn is flying in from his glamorous life in New York to attend as well!

An unexpected pregnancy ended their relationship and as she stumbles through the ups and downs of life as a working single mum – helping everyone else find a happy ending along the way – Annie refuses to believe their old and incredibly hot spark can still exist.

It’s only when she and Evan are forced to face up to the past together that they’ll discover if they can have their own happily-ever-after too!

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B-Side (Arielle Lockley series) - out today!

I'm so pleased that B-Side is out today - thanks to everyone who pre-ordered it, and everyone who has ordered it, so far, today!

The tour also kicked off today, and B-Side has had its first 5* review! You can read the review in full over on Dot Scribbles' blog, and read an excerpt over on Jera's Jamboree.

To celebrate B-Side's release today, Kept (the first book in the Arielle Lockley series) is currently FREE, whilst Lost (the second book in the series) is currently 99p. You can also pick up Geli Voyante's Hot or Not for 99p, too! (Prices go back to normal tomorrow.)

I really hope you all love the latest instalment in the Arielle series - Found will be out in August and can be pre-ordered now - and make sure that you enter the giveaway below to celebrate B-Side's publication. You can also enter on Goodreads to win paperback copies of the book. UK here, and EU/AU/CA/US here. Good luck! x

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Found (Arielle Lockley series) cover reveal

I'm so pleased to *finally* be able to reveal the cover of Found today - it was ready to be shared last November! Found is the final book in the Arielle Lockley series - sobs - and will be out on August 9th. You can pre-order it today for just £1.99/$1.99.

One death. Two weddings. Three months in New York City. 

Who knew one flight could change everything? When Arielle Lockley stepped on the plane at Heathrow, she never realised how different her life would be when she touched down in New York. Now she's dealing with that aftermath, as well as trying to find common ground with Etta, her new and unwanted business partner.

But, trying to sort out her shop in London whilst Piers is stuck in New York is starting to take its toll on their relationship, and Arielle isn't the only one with an important decision to make... Can Arielle and Etta continue Felicity's legacy without destroying it, and will Arielle and Piers manage to make it down the aisle to say "I do"?

Find out what happens in the final part of the warm and wonderful Arielle Lockley series - out this August.

Pre-order UK | Pre-order US | Add to Goodreads
(Search "Found Elle Field" on your local Amazon website.)

What do you think? x

B-Side book tour

It's nearly here! B-Side will be published next Tuesday, and I'm thrilled to reveal who is taking part on the book tour and what they are doing.

There's also going to be a giveaway, which will begin on May 17th as well, so keep an eye on the tour blog posts and Twitter! Amazon vouchers, books, and a vinyl-related prize are up for grabs.

B-Side is available now in paperback, or you can pre-order it for your Kindle for just 99p/$0.99. You can also pre-order Found, too!

Oh, and also remember to enter the giveaway on Goodreads - yep, there's a lot going on!

Tuesday 17th May
Dot Scribbles [Review]
Jera's Jamboree [Excerpt]

Wednesday 18th May
Chick Lit Uncovered [Interview]

Thursday 19th May
This Chick Reads [Guest post]
onmybookshelf - I Heart Chick Lit [Review] [Interview]

Friday 20th May
Connect with Chick Lit Club [Interview]

Saturday 21st May
The Writing Garnet [Guest post]

Monday 23rd May

Tuesday 24th May
Rachel's Random Reads [Guest post]

Wednesday 25th May
Zili in the Sky [Review] 

Thursday 26th May
Ginger Cat [Review]
Laura's Little Book Blog [Guest post] 

Friday 27th May
Bookish Bits [Review]

Saturday 28th May
ajbookreviewclub [Review]

Monday 30th May
Comet Babe's Books [Guest post] 

Tuesday 31st May

Writer Wednesday: Victoria Walters

Victoria Walters has always loved creating stories. Her first book was handwritten when she was sixteen years old, and was closely modelled on the Sweet Valley High series. Victoria studied sociology at Warwick University and has since worked for a business publisher and as a Waterstones bookseller. She lives in Surrey with her cat Harry (named after Harry Potter, not Harry Styles).

You can discover more about Victoria – and find pictures of Harry the cat – by following her on Twitter at @Vicky_Walters, or by visiting her blog.

1. Why did you want to become a writer?
It definitely came from growing up as a bookworm and probably because I was an only child, I relied on my imagination so much and was always making up stories. I'm not even sure I 'became' one, I feel like I always was one. It just took a long time to get published!

2. What's the toughest part of the writing process for you?
I think editing. I'm still learning how to edit my own work. It's a challenge to look at your writing critically but constructively I think. It really helps having an agent and editor to guide me.

3. What's the most enjoyable part of writing?
The first draft for me! I like just writing out the story without editing. It's when I feel most creative I think.

4. Out of all the amazing books out there, which book do you wish you had written and why? 
Pride and Prejudice is my favourite book so I have to pick that. I think it's wonderfully written, full of wit and with such well drawn characters and of course the romance is just perfect.

5. If you could only save one of your characters from fictional calamity, which would you pick and why? 
Ooh ... I think Rose, the main character in The Second Love Of My Life, I love her and she's been through so much already that I would save her!

6. If you could spend the day with your favourite literary character (not from your books), who would you spend it with and what would you do?
I think I'd spend it with Harry Potter so I could learn magic and live in Hogwarts for the day.

7. What can we expect next from you?
I have written my next book but it's still all under wraps! Fingers crossed I can reveal more soon.

8. Is there any particular writing advice you wish you'd been given at the start of your writing career? If so, what is it? If not, what advice would you give to someone starting out? 
I just think it's about keeping going. There were so many moments I wanted to give up so I wish I could pop back and tell myself it would work out in the end! So my advice is always 'don't give up'!!

9. Tell us what a typical writing day involves for you.
I try not to make myself write a certain number of words a day, I prefer to write when I'm in the mood and I either sit at my dining room table or in an armchair and usually my cat is sitting with me. I have to listen to music, I can't write in silence and I get really cold when I write so am usually wrapped in a blanket.

10. Finally, what are you reading at the moment?
I have just started Eat, Pray, Love. I recently loved Elizabeth Gilbert's Big Magic so I'm finally getting around to reading it.

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In the Cornish town of Talting, everyone is famous for something. 

Until recently Rose was known for many things: her infectious positivity; her unique artistic talent; and her devotion to childhood sweetheart Lucas.

But two years ago that changed in one unthinkable moment. Now, Rose is known for being the young woman who became a widow aged just twenty-four.

Though Rose knows that life must go on, the thought of carving out a new future for herself is one she can barely entertain. Until a newcomer, Robert, arrives in Talting for the summer...

Can Rose allow herself the chance to love again? 

Get lost in Victoria Walters' immensely touching début novel, and discover a world that will capture your imagination and heart.

Follow Victoria on Twitter | Buy The Second Love of My Life on Amazon
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B-Side (Arielle Lockley series) paperback giveaway

To celebrate the release of the paperback version of B-Side, I'm giving away three copies on Goodreads! If you're in Europe (excluding UK), Australia, US or Canada, you can enter here:


Goodreads Book Giveaway

B-Side by Elle Field

B-Side

by Elle Field

Giveaway ends May 20, 2016.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter Giveaway
If you're in the UK, you can enter here:


Goodreads Book Giveaway

B-Side by Elle Field

B-Side

by Elle Field

Giveaway ends May 20, 2016.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter Giveaway
Good luck! Oh, and if you'd rather read B-Side on your Kindle, it will be published next Tuesday and you can pre-order it today for just 99p/$0.99. Not long to go! x

Writer Wednesday: Lynsey James

Lynsey James was born in Fife in 1991 and has been telling people how to spell her name ever since. She's an incurable bookworm who loves nothing more than getting lost in a good story with memorable characters. She started writing when she was really young and credits her lovely Grandad- and possibly a bump on the head from a Mr Frosty machine- with her love of telling stories. She used to write her own episodes of Friends and act them out in front of her family (in fact she's sure she put Ross and Rachel together first!)

A careers adviser at school once told Lynsey writing wasn't a "good option" and for a few years, she believed her. She tried a little bit of everything, including make-up artistry, teaching and doing admin for a chocolate fountain company. The free chocolate was brilliant. When Lynsey left her job a couple of years ago, she started writing full-time while she looked for another one. As soon as she started working on her story, Lynsey fell in love and decided to finally pursue her dream. She hasn't looked back since.

1. Why did you want to become a writer?
I wanted to become a writer because I just absolutely love stories. I grew up reading Enid Blyton books and Harry Potter to name a few, and really wanted to create my own stories for people to enjoy.

2. What's the toughest part of the writing process for you?
The editing process can be quite tough because you’ve got to get your draft from where it’s at to where it needs to be. There’s always the point where you think ‘oh God, I’m not doing this right!’ It’s good to see it progressing from rough draft to finished product though!

3. What's the most enjoyable part of writing?
Has to be getting to know your characters inside out; they become almost like friends to you. I love giving them quirks, likes and dislikes and finding out who they really are so I can reflect that on the page.

4. Out of all the amazing books out there, which book do you wish you had written and why?
SO MANY answers to this question haha! If I had to pick one, I’d say My Single Friend by Jane Costello. I absolutely love it; the plot’s fantastic, the characters are compelling and it’s one of those books you just want to read again and again.

5. If you could only save one of your characters from fictional calamity, which would you pick and why?
What a great question! I’d probably pick Ava from Just the Way You Are; she has enough trouble in the book without adding any more!

6. If you could spend the day with your favourite literary character (not from your books), who would you spend it with and what would you do? 
I’d spend the day with Tess from I Remember You by Harriet Evans. We’d have a walk round Langford, have lunch in the pub and visit the water meadows.

7. What can we expect next from you? 
I’m currently working on book 2 in the Luna Bay series, The Sunflower Cottage Breakfast Club. It’s out in June and features brand new characters plus some you may already know…

8. Is there any particular writing advice you wish you'd been given at the start of your writing career? If so, what is it? If not, what advice would you give to someone starting out? 
Never give up is the most important piece of advice I could give to anyone. For so long, I didn’t think I was going to achieve my dream of being published, but by some twist of fate it happened. If you have a dream, never give up on it. It will happen if you work hard enough.

9. Tell us what a typical writing day involves for you. 
I start writing in the afternoon and usually go on till night-time. In between playing with my fictional characters, there’s lots of eating, social media surfing and Scott and Bailey marathons.

10. Finally, what are you reading at the moment? 
I’m reading Dark Blood by Stuart Macbride. I can’t get enough of the Logan McRae series!

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Secrets never stay buried for long…

Lucy Harper has always been good at one thing: running from her past. But when her beloved Nana Lily passes away she has no choice except to return to the one place in the world she most wants to avoid…

Luna Bay hasn't changed much in the eight years she has spent in London. The little Yorkshire village is still just as beautiful, but the new pub landlord is a gorgeous addition to the scenery!

Lucy only intended to stay for a day, yet when she discovers that Nana Lily has not only left her a cottage but also 'The Broken Hearts Book Club', Lucy is intrigued. Her Nana never have mentioned the club and Lucy can't wait to get started, but walking into her first meeting she is more aware than ever that her past is finally catching up with her.

One way or another, Lucy must finally face the past she left behind – or spend the rest of her life on the run…

Follow Lynsey on Twitter | Buy The Broken Hearts Book Club on Amazon |
Visit her website

B-Side (Arielle Lockley series) cover reveal

What a beauty! I'm thrilled to share with you today the cover for my next book, B-Side. B-Side is book 2.5 in the Arielle Lockley series, and will be out on May 17th. (Though you can pre-order it right now. Go, go, go!)

"What do I honestly know about the music industry? I'm just another idiot with a dream who is naive enough to hope that I might be the next big star." 

Etta Millhouse has always had big musical ambitions to match her big voice, but she's also got three very big problems - the addiction she won't admit to, her godmother's illness that she can no longer ignore, and her godmother's useless business partner (who she wishes she could ignore).

Keeping an eye on Arielle's poor business decisions is the last thing Etta wants to do when she's offered the chance to record a demo with a top producer. But, a promise is a promise, even if it has her reaching for another pick-me-up... And then another. And then one more.

When the secret she must keep for her godmother, Felicity, sends her drug habit spiralling out of control, can Etta battle her demons in time and make her dream happen? Or, will her music career be over before it's even begun?

Pre-order UK | Pre-order US | Add to Goodreads
(Search "B-Side Elle Field" to order on your local Amazon website.)

What do you think? x

The month that was: April 2016

What happened:
B-Side went off to my editor - make sure you pre-order it to get your copy delivered automatically on May 17th - and I continued writing the first draft of Found. It's only 15 days until B-Side is out, and you'll also be able to pre-order Found soon. Hurrah!

We had a few visitors in April. My friend came to visit me from Scotland, which involved a visit to Madame Tussauds, one of my best friends came over, plus our baby niece, Esmé, came to visit us in London for the first time. I'm still utterly thrilled with our new home, and I love living in Wandsworth.

Lastly, I celebrated my birthday at home in London. I had originally planned a mooch in Richmond Park but the snowy weather was so odd (and it was so cold) - instead, we had a lazy day at home, followed by dinner at Chez Bruce.

What I ate:
I finally made it to Dishoom, and I can't believe it's taken this long to eat there. We went for lunch when my friend was visiting (you can't book for dinner unless there are more than six of you so you have to queue outside - no thanks) and the food was so tasty. I especially recommend the Pau Bhaji (below left) and the Dishoom chicken tikka, though we were all *very* happy with all the dishes we ordered. (We ordered a lot!) We were also invited back for breakfast on Dishoom, which was a lovely gesture - Olly and I went along for a late breakfast and really enjoyed our naan rolls (below right).

We also had dinner with my friend at Roxie Steak, which is a South African meat restaurant. They have restaurants in Earlsfield, Putney, Fulham and Clapham; if you're in the mood for steak and are south of the river, give them a go. The sirloin steaks were beautiful, but I make a better chimichurri sauce, if I do say so myself!

I also tried out ramen at Bone Daddies for the first time (above left). It was nice, but I much prefer the flavours of Pho if I had to choose a broth-based dish to eat. Byron opened in Wandsworth, so we went along to welcome them to the neighbourhood (above right) and take advantage of their 25p burger offer. 25p, right? I know!

For my birthday we went to Michelin-starred Chez Bruce. The food was so beautiful, and brilliant value, and we'll definitely be back. Review coming soon, but my starter was my favourite. The little bursts of tomato in my spring minestrone soup were exceptional, and the pig's head croquettes with wild garlic oil were divine.

The next night we headed to Skylon to have drinks with Olly's parents, followed by dinner at Troia. Troia is an odd-one because it's rated in the top 600 restaurants in London on Tripadvisor (out of 17,000), but the menu is super touristy (Turkish food mixed with pasta and fish and chips). We gave it a go, ordered Turkish dishes, and actually had a very tasty meal. Result!

What I watched:
Finally! OK, it wasn't the publication of the next book, but the new season of Game of Thrones that aired in April. The fate of Jon Snow wasn't revealed in the opening episode, but I have a feeling my theory about what happens to him might just be right...

At the cinema we watched Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, which wasn't great. (That says something because Henry Cavill is one of my faves.) The dream sequences in it... dream sequences are never an acceptable narrative technique. Ever! But, we saw The Jungle Book in 3D, which was a delight! (Phew.) We also went to see Captain America: Civil War in 3D, which was better than I thought it would be. Team Iron Man for me!

Other films watched: Jurassic World, The Emperor's New Groove, Walk of Shame, Stardust, Clueless, Bedtime Stories, The Legend of Barney Thomson, Walt Before Mickey, Bad Words, The Intern, The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet, Notting Hill, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Lilo and Stitch, Entourage, Chalet Girl, Sicario, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., The Overnight and Life as We Know It.

What I read:
In April I read ten new books, reread five books, including Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, and I abandoned reading one book. My favourite book was The Queen's Poisoner by Jeff Wheeler, and I can't wait for the next two books in this series (out later this year). I also read the last two Shopaholic books (Shopaholic to the Stars and Shopaholic to the Rescue) and whilst I found Stars to be very meh, I felt we got more of the old Becky in Rescue. (Thank goodness!)

How was your month? x

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